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Armadillo

Denmark, Danish, 105 mins

  • Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
  • Writer: Kasper Torsting
  • Producer: Jacob Ditlev; Ronnie Fridthjof

CGiii Comment

This is a jaw-dropper...it's so bizarre in places that you will honestly think that it has been scripted.
 
Bullet fodder boys in khaki...being brave, being foolish, being cruel.
 
An unpleasant eye-opener and a blinding documentary.
 

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The(ir) Blurb...

In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and cinematographer Lars Skree spent six months following the lives of young soldiers situated less than a kilometre from Taliban positions. The result of their work is a gripping and highly authentic war drama that was justly awarded the Grand Prix de la Semaine de la Critique at the 2010 Cannes film festival. But it also provoked furious debate in Denmark concerning the controversial behavior of certain Danish soldiers during a shoot-out with Taliban fighters. The film-makers repeatedly risked their lives shooting this tense, brilliantly edited, and visually sophisticated probe into the psychology of young men in the midst of a senseless war whose victims are primarily local villagers.

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